Jos Verstappen has signed as test driver for British American Racing, and will begin work with the team as soon as it takes delivery of its first Honda engine.

The Dutchman, who can count Stewart, Benetton and Arrows among his various F1 teams, has spent the majority of this year testing the chassis originally earmarked for Honda's works effort, but found himself out of work when the project was canned. Now, thanks to his work with the Japanese company, he is set to replace the inexperienced Patrick Lemarie at BAR in 2000.

Verstappen will provide the benefit of his years in Formula One when Honda begins its works engine deal with BAR at the end of the current season, and is likely to head up the development of a proposed V12 powerplant.

Shinji Nakano, meanwhile, has extended his existing deal with Jordan to help develop the team's new Mugen V10 unit, which is scheduled to appear later this season.



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